Item description for Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, NRSV Edition by Burton H. Throckmorton...
Overview This basic biblical reference book compares and contrasts the synoptic Gospels--Matthew, Mark, and Luke--by aligning them side by side to show where they agree, complement, and/or differ from each other. More reliable than a harmony of the Gospels, this book does not force the events related in the Gospels to follow an interpreter's suggested time-line or sequence of events.
A classic since 1949, Gospel Parallels presents Matthew, Mark, and Luke printed side-by-side for easy and enlightening comparative study. Now fully revised and updated using the NRSV, it features a more readable type face and a new, even more effective system for comparison.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.06" Width: 8.73" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0840774842 ISBN13 9780840774842
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Not a good experience Sep 30, 2007
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Great Gospel Study Resource Jul 3, 2007
This is an important reference book for those who are interested in the differences and parallels one finds in the three synoptic Gospels. This book has a wealth of knowledge one may not have known without it!
Gospel Parallesl: NRSV Edition Jan 5, 2007
It is a very useful resource for comparing and contrasting the synoptic gospels.
The Gospels Compared Dec 11, 2002
Gospel Parallels is a serious work indexing and comparing the first three New Testament books (Matthew, Mark and Luke) so that those interested in the study of the Gospels can see exactly the similarities and discrepancies in the stories.
But the book is more than that. Given the increasing interest in recent years in the non-canonical works, Greek and other manuscripts that are not easily found in the local library are cited as a way of further illuminating the path toward further understanding of early Christian writing and thinking.
This is not a book that offers a lot of commentary. In fact, it offers virtually none. It simply lines up in a table such offerings as Accusations Against Jesus and then gives us Matthew (12:22-24) against Mark (3:19-22) and Luke (11:14-16).
One benefit of this style is that we're able to quickly see the differences in accounts. Those wanting an explication of the significance in choice of language or details included or excluded will have to look elsewhere for enlightenment. That makes this very thorough book a study aid accompanying other works that might provide more understanding; it is not a freestanding help to those curious about why accounts of Jesus' life or teaching vary so radically.
I used the fourth edition of this book in a New Testament course years ago and had forgotten its seeming limitations. But for those interested in serious exploration and in need of help tracking down New Testament and other texts, this book is invaluable.
It offers us a decent who's who of church fathers, and a short but terrific explanation of the different versions of texts in the Bible, which helps account for differing interpretations and changes in language. The fourth edition is in conformity with the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
For those wondering, the Gospel of John is not included in this book because of the extensive differences in content between it and the three synoptic gospels covered by this book. Among them:
John doesn't include a lot of the material about the temptation of Christ, his transfiguration and the Lord's supper, the Sermon on the Mount. John offers virtually nothing in the way of narrative parables. John's account of Jesus' ministry is also at odds with the three synoptics.
The many differences make a side-by-side comparison just about impossible, though certainly extensive scholarship exists on this topic.
What this book will do is shed light on the ways in which some of the same events and thoughts are reported. You'll see quickly which author appears to exaggerate or at least report events in their most extreme, and which basic themes, such as concern for the downtrodden, draws the most attention in each gospel.
I'd recommend this to anyone studying the New Testament and in need of a quick guide to where to find a specific verse or theme.
Let The Reader Decide Dec 30, 2000
In *Gospel Parallels*, Burton Throckmorton lays out the "synoptic gospels" side by side and lets the gospels speak for themselves. I think that any objective reader can easily see the differences between the gospels and gain insight into their development over time. Of particular note is how "Matthew" embellishes what "Mark" wrote. For example, if Mark says that one demoniac was healed (5:1-20), Matthew says that two were healed (8:28-34). Mark says that after Jesus cursed the fig tree, the disciples noticed the NEXT MORNING that it was withered (11:12-19); Matthew says that the tree withered "at once" (21:18-22). Only Matthew has an earthquake occur at Jesus' resurrection; has dead "saints" arise at Jesus' crucifixion and appear to others after the resurrection. The layout of the book also allows for easier identification of the "Q" material, the hypothetical source from which Matthew and Luke derived information not found in Mark. This book makes a good companion for Bishop Spong's books such as *Resurrection: Myth or Reality* and *Why Christianity Must Change or Die*, both of which detail the progression of development in the gospels. I also recommend Andrew D. Benson's *The Origins of Christianity and the Bible*.